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Nordic walk  St Cuthberts Cave

Nordic walk St Cuthberts Cave

Sun 13th November 2016

The challenge for this walk was finding the car park, even though the nearest post code was given and also a map of the area we ended up waiting a little while for some of the group.  The lovely Kim was on duty to give directions firstly to Claire and then to Steve and Russell.(who were having a domestic while she was trying to direct them).  Linda, unfortunately, didn’t find us so we had to start without her.

We had the usual suspects as well as Gordon (who we haven’t seen since summer) and our latest newbie, Alistair.

Half an hour later than expected we started up a small incline to a gate where the sign told us St Cuthbert’s Cave was ¼ mile, we all headed along and the usual group shot in front of the cave was taken, some of the ladies were discussing where they would have the fire if they had been there.

St. Cuthbert’s Cave is an overhanging outcrop of Sandstone rock, supported by an isolated pillar of stone. It is reputed that the monks of Lindisfarne brought St. Cuthbert’s body to this place in AD875 following Viking raids on the Island.  Latterly the cave starred in Vera.

We headed back on the track to another outcrop of rock and someone (Susan) decided it would be a good idea to go to the top of the rock everyone apart from chief photographer Steve went to the top and Anne decided she had to climb on top of the highest rock.  Steve took a few photos and we made our way down. 

We followed the St Cuthbert’s Way path and the calls of “when is it lunchtime”, “I’m hungry” were met by me saying “not far just when we get to the pool of water”.  About 15 minutes later we got to the lunch stop, various items came out of rucksacks to sit on and Steve got a lot of doughnuts and some cookies out of his rucksack in celebration for Russell’s birthday the week before.  There were 2 lovely swans on the water who swam away from us (obviously they didn’t like the laughter and noise). 

After lunch we got straight back onto St Cuthbert’s Way to a gate with a sign telling us “Bull in field” even though the path was part of St Cuthbert’s Way the farmer had bolted the gate so we couldn’t open it so we decided to climb over, cue Russell and his usual photographs of our bottoms.  Anne decided to vault over the gate.

Following the path again, no bull in the field and we got onto the next part of our route which took us through a woodland area. 

As is usual with one of my walks we had a slight detour before we turned around and went through a gate which took us along the Sandstone Way and back to the gate which we started at.

We headed back down the hill to the cars.

Goodbyes were said to those not heading into Belford for refreshments.

Russell, Steve, Sue, Kim and me firstly went to the Blue Bell Hotel but it was too noisy with Bad Bob Bates playing in the bar so we went to the Well House Coffee Shop for tea, scones, tea cake and lemon meringue pie.  Another excellent tea room if you are in the area.

The next Nordic walk is the rearranged Lesbury walk on Saturday 26th November.

Our last walk of 2016 is the Christmas walk on 10th December where Martin and me will be bringing mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.  Christmas hats are compulsory.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Julie x

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